Ben Nevis

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Last week I climbed Ben Nevis with Lesley’s sister, Kate. Kate had had an ambition to climb the highest mountain in the British Isles, and asked me to guide her as she is not an experienced hillwalker. Because the aim of the trip was simply to attain the summit, and not take Kate anywhere dangerous… Read more »

The Rothiemurchus Forest and Creag a’Chalamain

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Six weeks ago in mid-May I travelled to the Cairngorms for a trip to take advantage of some rare good weather that was forecast. Upon arrival in the evening I camped overnight in an excellent site in the heart of Rothiemurchus Forest, only 45 minutes’ walk from the road at Coylumbridge but with a real… Read more »

Walks in Snowdonia and the Yorkshire Dales

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A month ago Lesley and I travelled to England and Wales for a week’s holiday. During the trip we went on two great walks in upland areas. The first was in Snowdonia National Park. We started at the village of Beddgelert where we were staying in a B&B and walked east out of the village… Read more »

Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10k

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Yesterday I ran in the 10k race in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. This was the first organised run I’d taken part in since the Edinburgh Marathon in 2009 (see my previous blog posting ‘Edinburgh Marathon‘). In 2007, I ran in the 10k race in the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow (see my blog posting ‘Great… Read more »

Introduction to scrambling course

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Last weekend I attended a two-day Introduction to Scrambling course at Glenmore Lodge. I had undertaken this course before, in August last year but was only able to attend for the first day. On that previous course the instruction group spent the day in the Chalamain Gap in the northern corries area of the Cairngorms… Read more »